Singer Lily was honoured for her her passionate and outspoken support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, picking up the Hero Of The Year Award at the star-sudded ceremony.
Journalist India Willoughby was also awarded Media Moment Of The Year for her stint on ‘Loose Women’, which marked the first time a trans woman had sat on the panel of the ITV daytime show.
Labour MP Diane Abbott, who this year celebrates thirty years since being elected the UK’s first black woman MP, also won the prestigious Icon of the Year award.
Commenting on the winners, Diversity in Media Awards host, Jane Hill, said: “It has been a fantastic night that has rightly celebrated people and organisations across the media who are making a real difference in promoting the values of diversity.
“So many brilliant people have won awards and there were some very special moments.”
Awards co-founder, Linda Riley, added: “There is still much to do to ensure that every strand of British media accurately reflects the diversity of society but these awards are a great way to celebrate those who are already doing it. It has been wonderful to celebrate such inspirational role models.”
2017 Diversity in Media Award winners include:
Broadcaster of the Year: Reggie Yates
Hero of the Year: Lily Allen
Media Moment of the Year: India Willoughby on ‘Loose Women’
Icon of the Year: Diane Abbott MP
TV Programme of the Year: ‘Googlebox’
Journalist of the Year: Matthew Cain (Attitude)
Rising Star of the Year: Victoria Broom
Actor of the Year: Russell Tovey
Broadcaster of the Year: BBC
Production Company of the Year: Betty
Marketing Campaign of the Year: Jabong
Media Organisation of the Year: Simon Jones PR
Blogger/Podcaster of the Year: Gemma Turner
Radio Programme of the Year: Badass Women’s Hour